Living in Florida certainly has its perks! With ample entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and a variety of ecosystems, there’s always something to do. Not to mention, being a Florida Resident can save you some major cash throughout the year at the best resorts and attractions. Check out all of the ways you can save this year, with Florida Resident deals right here in Tampa Bay!
We’ve organized the best Florida resident deals and perks into the following categories:
- Spa Deals
Whatever you decide to do this summer, make sure you reap the benefits. Remember to stay local, eat local, and shop local as we continue through this unprecedented time!
Updated September 2023 by Brie Gorecki
CityPASS is a ticket experience you can purchase online to enjoy multiple attractions across Tampa Bay. Here’s how it works: Tampa residents can purchase mobile or printable tickets and begin using the pass right away, or within one year of the purchase date. Once you begin to use your CityPass, it’s good for a 9-day period. Each pass includes admission to five popular local attractions including Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, and your choice of TWO of the following: MOSI, Glazer Children’s Museum (check out their new amazing Triceratops exhibit!),Clearwater Marine Aquarium, or choose a Dolphin or Sunset Cruise from The Tropics Boat Tours out of Clearwater Beach.
City PASS tickets are $139 for adults and $124 for children 3-9 years old.
The Florida Aquarium | Image credit: Stephanie Patterson
There are a few ways for Florida residents to save at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Did you know that Florida Residents have special access to Busch Gardens Fun Cards? Purchase a Fun Card for $125.99 and get the rest of 2023 free and visit again and again through December 31, 2024. Florida Residents also have access to exclusive monthly payment plans for annual passes. All annual pass options are under $36.50 per month. Keep an eye out during certain times of the year such as Labor Day and Black Friday for even bigger savings.
Similar to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island also offers a Florida Resident deal for Annual Passholders. Florida Residents can opt for an Annual Pass and pay as little as $10.75/month. Fun Cards are also available for Adventure Island at a discounted price of $82.99/person, good now and through December 31, 2024. Or, choose a Fun Card to enjoy BOTH Adventure Island and Busch Gardens for the rest of 2023 and all of 2024 for just $176.98/person. What a deal.
Perched right along the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk lies the Tampa Museum of Art. Known for its exhibits and collections, this is a gorgeous local museum that all residents must visit at least once! And, it offers plenty of deals for college students and Florida Educators alike. Regular admission is $25/adult, but if you’re military or a Florida educator, enjoy a $10 discount off admission. And, if you’re a college student, your admission is FREE with proof of ID.
Also located along the Riverwalk is the Straz Center – home to stunning performances, bands, musicals, and more. Similar to the Tampa Museum of Art, the Straz offers an Educator Discount (along with Military/First Responder, Student and Senior discounts). If you’re a teacher or staff member from any local Tampa Bay area county, you can receive up to 50% off of two tickets for pre-selected shows! Tickets must be purchased in-person at the Box Office, just show your school system ID or pay stub. All Tampa Bay area county educators are welcome and even homeschool teachers are eligible for this discount (see website for more details). Be sure to check the discounts page to see which shows are eligible.
You don’t have to travel too far to find a bite of paradise. Located right on Rocky Point, Sailport Waterfront Suites boasts stunning views and great Florida Resident Deals! They have several special deals, including military, AAA, and even a Couples Day Off Weekday Special (up to 15% off).
Seeing a show at The Straz or want to head out for a night of bar hopping in SOHO? Make it a weekend staycation and check in to the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Discounts range from 10-20% off and some packages include hotel credits and breakfast.
Florida and Georgia residents can save when booking a room at Rumfish Beach Resort. With proof of residency, guests can save an additional 15% off of already discounted rooms. Valid for select weekends only. Become a Paradise Rewards Member and save up to 11% when you book through their site.
Cross the bridge and make your way to Sirata St. Pete Beach. Now, you can enjoy their newly renovated guest rooms and enjoy their Florida Resident deal. Prepare to relax and save 10% off room rates just for living in Florida.
Head down the beach and check into The Beachcomber. This stunning resort offers the perfect escape from all of life’s woes with gorgeous views of the Gulf and all the sunshine your body can take. Now, Florida Residents can getaway to The Beachcomber for 10% off regular room and suite rates. Please note that black-out dates and restrictions may apply, and proof of FL residency might be required upon check-in.
Also located on St. Pete Beach is the beautiful Hotel Zamora. And, luckily for us Florida Residents, we can reap the benefits of this stunning hotel at a discounted rate! Florida and Georgia Residents can save 5-15% off room rates depending on the season, plus receive a $25 food and beverage credit. All you have to do is show proof of Florida residency and voila. They also offer 10% off AAA members and a Bed & Breakfast package for two add-on for $30.
Check-in at The Don Cesar and save! Now, FL/GA residents can save up to 15% off room rates at this iconic pink beachfront resort. Proof of residency is required so be sure to have your IDs ready and enjoy all that The Don has to offer! Use code FLRES when booking online.
Head over to the Belleview Inn and check-in for a bit of history at this gorgeous, newly renovated resort. Florida Residents can now enjoy exclusive savings up to 25%! Not valid on holiday weekends.
Head over to Clearwater Beach and enjoy the Sandpearl Resort. Their Sunshine State Staycation deal is an attempt to pay it forward for Florida residents. Enjoy up to 15% off plus daily breakfast for two while you take a little time to de-stress. You deserve it!
Also located on Clearwater Beach, head over to Opal Sands Resort and enjoy up to 15% off your stay plus daily breakfast for two thanks to the resort’s awesome deal for Florida Residents. A valid state ID is required at check-in.
Both Sandpearl and Opal Sands are also offering a special October promotion in honor of the month’s birthstone, the opal. Starting October 13, 2023, you can save up to 35% on rooms at all Opal Collection hotels.
Our final Florida resident staycation deal comes from the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach. Florida and Georgia residents can now enjoy 25% off of the best available rate, $20 valet parking, 10% off at the property’s dining outlets, and more.
If you’re traveling for the holidays this year, book 3 nights and get the fourth night FREE. You will also get a $50 resort credit.
Escape from the troubles of reality at Spa Sudeva in South Tampa for a day full of relaxation. While this spa doesn’t offer a special Florida resident deal, they do offer a discount for Florida Military Members as well as Florida Educators – score! All you have to do is bring proof, mention your occupation, and save $15 on any treatment.
They also have a special deals for spa treatments booked on Mondays with their Peaceful Guidance and Soul Collection packages.
Caribbean Mystique Spa
Similar to Spa Sudeva, Florida military members, police, fire/rescue, teachers, and medical professionals can save at Caribbean Mystique Spa. Bring proof of work and receive your Appreciation Perks Package. They also have group discount packages and special add-on deals.
Enjoy even more Florida fun…
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT
Submerse yourself in the action of the movies at Universal Orlando with one of the Florida Resident deals. We love the excitement of Universal Orlando. Florida Residents can currently save up to $65 on select multi-day tickets and up to 35% off your Universal Hotel stay.
Their Bundle & Save package for Florida residents allows you to select the hotel of your choice, customize your theme park admission, and add vacation enhanecements to enjoy Universal Orlando Resort and all it has to offer.
Want to go all year? Passes start at just under $16 a month.
And for just $35 more, guests can upgrade their ticket to include access to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park.
Throughout the year, Florida Resident discounts are available at Universal Orlando Hotels, accessible via the same webpage as above.
Don’t forget to plan a meal at one of our picks for Best Restaurants at Universal Orlando for Date Night.
Not to mention all the fun in Orlando just down the road: Explore these Florida Resident Discounts in Orlando.